Hawai‘i Makes 50


That makes 50! A visit to O‘ahu completes the show’s run of every U.S. state. Tom learns how to create a unique keepsake box from island materials in Build It. Richard looks at a new way to store solar energy. Roger helps a Wai‘anae family grow an organic garden with the help of MA‘O Organic Farms.


The Lost Gardens of Babylon


This program examines a world wonder so elusive that most people have decided it must be mythical. Centuries of digging have turned up nothing – but it turns out the searchers were digging in the wrong place. Now, this film proves that the spectacular hanging gardens of Babylon did exist, and shows where they were, what they looked like and how they were constructed.


Machu Picchu


With cutting-edge technology that can “read” buildings, ruins and landscapes from ancient worlds, TIME SCANNERS reveals physical and forensic history, allowing viewers to virtually reach out and touch the past.


Machu Picchu
A team of laser-scanning experts in the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu attempt to answer three big questions: How did the Inca build a city atop a mountain ridge? How were the terraces constructed? And how did they supply water to the city?




Structural engineer Steve Burrows leads his team of laser-scanning experts to Jordan to scan the ancient desert city of Petra, where he wants to uncover its construction secrets and shed new light on this architectural wonderland lost to the West for more than 1,000 years.


Kaka‘ako Development


As Islanders see plans turn into reality for the modernization of Kaka‘ako, what thoughts come to mind? Is Kaka‘ako’s building boom of glass towers and other high -rises the right thing? Who will live there and will there be a sense of community in the re-invented district?


Your questions and comments are welcome via phone, email and via Twitter during the Live Broadcast.


Phone Lines:
973-1000 on Oahu or 800-238-4847 on the Neighbor Islands.




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“…It’s a Vision of the Mind and Heart”

The second story of PBS Hawaii's NEW HOME is being built atop an existing building, with this new top floor over parking.

The second story of PBS Hawaii’s NEW HOME is being built atop an existing building, with this new top floor extending over parking.


Leslie Wilcox, President and CEO of PBS HawaiiFor the first time in my life, I enjoy having to stop in traffic for a red light – but only the one at Nimitz Highway and Sand Island Access Road.


Near this traffic intersection that’s home to a huge monkey pod tree, a two-story building continues to emerge, one in which more than a thousand Hawaii residents have invested.


PBS Hawaii’s new location, The Clarence T.C. Ching Campus, is a welcome bricks-and-mortar sight for our Board of Directors, Community Advisory Council, and Staff. More than that, it’s a vision of the mind and heart.


What we see is the promise of collaborative space that will allow us to create and deepen programmatic partnerships with other nonprofits, educators, filmmakers and other artists, businesses, labor and government. We see live televised events enlivening the industrial district with music and capturing meaningful debates on timely issues. We see teachers and students as frequent visitors – physically and virtually – as they take part in workshops in media literacy, journalism and video production. We see our suite of locally produced shows expanding as more media-makers are attracted to noncommercial PBS-style diverse viewpoints and trustworthy information.


I’m happy to report that construction, by Allied Builders System, is on budget and on time. We thank the Hawaii State Legislature for approving a $1 million grant this year for construction and First Hawaiian Bank Foundation for the largest corporate gift to date – $200,000.


What we see is the promise of collaborative space that will allow us to create and deepen programmatic partnerships…


We’re starting the home stretch, with $3.5 million to go to reach the $30 million goal. To all who have already made a gift of any size, thank you so much for sharing in this vision that is larger than all of us.


A hui hou (until next time),

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Should the Thirty Meter Telescope Be Built?


Construction of a Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea has been brought to a temporary halt as protests over building the 18-story high telescope stretch across the globe. Plans to build the $1.4 billion telescope have been seven years in the making, but opposition only gained momentum recently amid growing concern over further astronomy-related development on land Native Hawaiians consider sacred. Malia Mattoch moderates the discussion.


Tonight’s panelists include (In alphabetical order):

Paul Coleman, Astrophysicist, Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawai‘i-Manoa

Richard Ha, Hawai‘i Island Farmer and Businessman

Jon Osorio, Board President, KAHEA, a Hawaiian-Environmental Alliance

Kealoha Pisciotta, President, Mauna Kea Anaina Hou


INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII is a live public affairs show that is also live streamed on Your questions and comments are welcome via phone, email, Twitter or live blogging. You may also email your questions ahead of time to


Phone Lines:
973-1000 on Oahu or 800-238-4847 on the Neighbor Islands during the live broadcast.

Colosseum: Roman Death Trap


The Colosseum is a monument to Roman imperial power and cruelty. Its graceful lines and harmonious proportions concealed a highly efficient design and advanced construction methods that made hundreds of arches out of 100,000 tons of stone. In its elliptical arena, tens of thousands of gladiators, slaves, prisoners and wild animals met their deaths. Ancient texts report lions and elephants emerging from beneath the floor, as if by magic, to ravage gladiators and people condemned to death. Then, just as quickly, the Colosseum could be flooded with so much water that ships could engage in sea battles. Could these legends be true? Now, with access to one of the world’s most protected world heritage sites, archaeologists and engineers team up to re-create ancient Roman techniques to build a 25-foot lifting machine and trap-door system capable of releasing a wolf into the Colosseum’s arena for the first time in 1,500 years.


We’ve Moved!


New construction is underway, but we are still seeking donations for PBS Hawaii’s NEW HOME.


To learn more about our NEW HOME Campaign, click here.


We thank you for your interest in supporting Hawaii’s only public television station, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization offering local and national programming. Mahalo!


Construction Underway on PBS Hawaii’s NEW HOME

Leslie Wilcox, President and CEO of PBS HawaiiWhen I see heavy equipment operators at work on the site of PBS Hawaii’s future NEW HOME on Nimitz Boulevard, I think of the local expression: “Hemo and demo!” “Hemo” is pidgin for remove; “demo,” of course, is English shorthand for demolish.


Our general contractor, Allied Builders System, is going strong, taking down walls, roof lines, and other elements of the one-story former KFVE Newsplex, and carting out the rubble. Workers also are strengthening and adding infrastructure, including protected conduits to support cables and fiber links.


As the work visibly progresses to add a second story and create a modern educational media center serving all islands, more people are taking an interest and even volunteering hands-on help. We try for a personal touch at this statewide TV station—and we’re thrilled when viewers reach out to us, too.


PBS Hawaii Construction
Demolition is underway at our NEW HOME location, an acre-sized lot at the entrance to Sand Island Access Road. Work also begins on strengthening infrastructure to construct a second story.


For example, here are some ways that viewers have offered to assist:

  • A longtime Oahu nursery wants to supply some of the landscaping plants.
  • An accomplished Kauai woodworker wants to handcraft and donate a beautiful conference table.
  • A fine artist has volunteered to paint a large wall with images that reflect the people of the islands served by PBS Hawaii.


And, surprise! A top commercial television station, Hawaii News Now, made an unprecedented gift of airtime for us to make our case to a different audience. General manager Rick Blangiardi turned over to us the commercial breaks during two 10:00 pm simulcast Hawaii News Now newscasts on January 13.


Viewers from towns and hamlets from every populated Hawaiian island except Niihau have made contributions. Generally, these donors are not well-heeled philanthropists, but people of modest means who are sacrificing to make a one-time capital contribution. Our “free” over-the-air, educational programming reaches 25 of the 25 most financially disadvantaged places in the islands.


We believe in the truth of these sayings: Education is the great equalizer; and a rising tide floats all boats.


Many people care about having universal access to educational programs, with quality storytelling that profoundly touches lives. PBS Hawaii has raised $23.7 of our $30 million goal.


With extensive grassroots support and major funding from respected charitable foundations and the Hawaii State government, we are now appealing to more individuals and businesses to help us turn the corner on our goal.  We welcome checks, online donations, and appreciated securities, such as stocks and bonds; retirement assets, such as a gift from your IRA; and bequests.


We’d love to hear from you! Your name can become part of this NEW HOME, The Clarence T.C. Ching Campus, for a donation of $500 or more. And with larger amounts, there are excellent naming opportunities, such as a Keiki Neighborhood, HIKI NŌ editing suite, and an emergency broadcast center.


Please call PBS Hawaii NEW HOME at ph. 955-0500; go to


From “hemo and demo,” let’s work together to create a new island home for learning and discovery through authentic storytelling about Hawaii and the world.


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